Installation

Requirements

WorldEdit runs on the Java edition of Minecraft, either on your single player/local game or a dedicated server.

WorldEdit can’t be used on Realms, Windows 10, Bedrock, or Pocket Edition versions. These versions of Minecraft have limited or no mod support. :(

Before you install WorldEdit, you will first have to install a “mod loader” like Forge, Fabric, Spigot, Bukkit, or Sponge. We’ll advise you to choosing your mod loader below.

Choosing a Mod Loader

If you want to use WorldEdit on your single-player/local game, we recommend one of two choices:

On the other hand, if you are running a Minecraft server, you can use

  • Paper (recommended over Spigot because it has improvements WorldEdit can use)
  • Spigot
  • Forge (recommended if you are using other Forge mods)
  • Sponge (also compatible with Forge mods)

Note: Paper and Spigot use its own set of mods (commonly called “plugins”) that are mostly incompatible with mods for Forge, Fabric, and Sponge. You may want to research what other mods/plugins that you may want (generally, Paper and Spigot have much more server administration/”server-ready gameplay mods” - which run completely on the server - and Forge, Fabric, and Sponge have more major gameplay mods - which generally require client installation). Regardless, WorldEdit is extremely unique in that it works as a mod for both 😊, so you can just pick the one that seems the easiest and roll with it. 🤙

Installation Step-by-step

Bukkit / Spigot / Paper

Once you’ve set up your Bukkit-based server (instructions can be found on the respective Paper/Spigot sites), download WorldEdit from the Bukkit dev site. Make sure you get the right WorldEdit download for your Minecraft version.

  1. In your server folder, create a “plugins” folder if one does not yet exist. (It should be created when you first run the server).
  2. Move the WorldEdit .jar file into the plugins folder.
  3. Start your server.

Check your server log for errors. If you encounter errors, see the FAQ page.

Forge Single-Player

First, you’ll have to install Minecraft Forge. There are many third-party launchers designed to easily install modpacks. If you’re using one of those, you can add WorldEdit as a mod through the launcher interface. Otherwise, Forge will install a profile available through the official Minecraft Launcher. After installing Forge one way or the other, download WorldEdit from the CurseForge site. Make sure you get the right WorldEdit download for your Minecraft version and platform (Fabric builds are also there - make sure you grab the right one).

  1. If you’ve installed Forge as a profile in the official Minecraft launcher, follow Mojang’s instructions for finding where your “.minecraft” folder is. If you’re using a third-party launcher, this might be in a different location (consult the launcher’s docs).
  2. Create a “mods” folder inside the “.minecraft” folder if it doesn’t yet exist (it should be created if you’ve run Forge once already).
  3. Place the WorldEdit .jar file inside the mods folder. Start Forge from your launcher. WorldEdit should show up in the mods list.

If you encounter any errors, see the FAQ page.

Fabric Single-Player or Server

First, you’ll have to install Fabric. They have instructions on their website depending on how you’d like to install. The MultiMC instructions are recommended for single-player.

Then, download WorldEdit from the CurseForge site. Make sure you get the right WorldEdit download for your Minecraft version and platform (Forge builds are also there - make sure you grab the right one).

On Minecraft 1.14.x versions, you will also need to install the Fabric API mod. This is not required for 1.15+.

Add the WorldEdit .jar to the “loader mods” section of your MultiMC instance and check to enable it, or add the jar to your mods folder (see Forge instructions above) if you’re installing in the official Mojang launcher.

Forge Server / Sponge

First, you’ll have to install your server software of choice. For Forge, you can download the installer and run java -jar forge-installer.jar --installServer from a terminal or command prompt (search online for more comprehensive instructions). Sponge has documentation on setting up a server. After installing your server software, download WorldEdit from Curseforge, if using Forge or Ore, if using Sponge. If you are using SpongeForge, either version of WorldEdit will work (but don’t use both) - the Forge version may perform better in some cases.

  1. Create a “mods” folder if it doesn’t exist (it will be created automatically after running the server once).
  2. Add the WorldEdit .jar file to the mods folder.
  3. Start the server.

Check your server log for errors. If you encounter errors, see the FAQ page.

Want to see selection lines?

To see lines that show what you have selected, then you need to install WorldEditCUI, a client-side mod. Note that the mod requires Fabric, so you will need to install that first.

Note

If you would like to use an older version of Minecraft (1.12 or before), in addition to downloading an older WorldEdit (version 6), you will also need the older WorldEditCUI mod by Mumfrey. Note that this version requires LiteLoader (installation instructions on that page) instead of Fabric.

Tip

Don’t want to install client mods? You can access a limited version of the selection outlines server-side via the //drawsel command. It only works for cuboid selections less than 32x32x32 in size, and you must be in creative mode. These restrictions are due to how structure blocks work in Minecraft.